In 1949, Mao Zedong announced the birth of the People’s Republic
of China, a proclamation to the world that, after centuries of
war and social conflict, China had emerged as one nation. Since
then, this idea has been propagated by broadcasts of marches and
mass demonstrations of unity, designed for the benefit of the
international community. For many living in the vast country,
however, the old Chinese adage holds true: “the... more...